Vince Dean Thanks The Voters

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I would like to thank the voters of the 30th District in the Tennessee House of Representatives for the overwhelming confidence they have shown in me.  It has been an honor to represent the fine folks of the 30th district since April of 2006.  It is my desire to live up to the confidence they have shown in me.   

Now that the Republican Party holds a "Super Majority" in the Tennessee House, it is critical that we realize the responsibility that we have.  We must govern with dignity at this time.  We must hold true to the values that have helped bring us to our positions and represent those values, as we govern. 

While by virtue of my office I am a leader, I am first and foremost representative.  I will strive to represent those that live in my district and in the State of Tennessee.  I am proud to represent a district that continuously asks for conservative values in government. 

I consider it an honor to have had an opponent this year, with such integrity.  I admire her for her work in the education system over the years and will continue to use her as a valued resource on education issues.  She is a fine person and I highly respect her.  There were never any cross words during the campaign, even though we disagreed on issues from time to time. I applaud her for her willingness to offer herself for continued public service after her retirement. Ms. Smith is to be commended.

I look forward to the next two years and serving the citizens of the 30th district. 

Vince Dean


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